The University of Helsinki is currently updating its research data policy. In this Think Open blog post, members of the working group responsible for the update share their views regarding the needs and goals of the new data policy. Their responses indicate that the key goal is for the shared data policy to facilitate the work of researchers in a concrete way, taking the special nature of research fields and research datasets into account. The respondents also agree on the need for clear guidelines and the definition of responsibilities. The importance of services as part of the guidelines is also noted. The UH policy draft is now opened for commentary.
CSC – IT Center for Science provides data management services and tools for computing, storing as well as opening and sharing data. As the amount of data is increasing all the time, it is important that services support the workflows and enable easy data handling.
The digital environment requires new skills from researchers. For example, a researcher has to understand the complexities of the relevant legislation, or know how to choose suitable IT solutions to keep their data secure. Fortunately, researchers are not left to navigate these issues alone, as we have several services available for data management.
University of Helsinki Data Support, a network of experts ranging from library staff to lawyers, helps researchers all year long via a service address firstname.lastname@example.org. To be able to develop services, Data Support investigated what are the most frequently asked topics in the service email by researchers. Along with data management plan commenting service, most questions asked by the researchers handled sensitive data management as well as storing solutions.
University of Helsinki’s Data Support has launched new Research data management site for researchers and everyone interested and working in research data management (RDM). The new RDM guide can be found from Helsinki.fi web pages in English as well as in Finnish.
The Umpio service is an answer to researchers’ queries about how to process sensitive personal data. The service was developed and tested on during last year, and the service will be further developed. At the moment, Umpio offers a more efficient and lighter solution for storing sensitive data than a dedicated server.
Datan jakamisen on oltava tutkijalle helppoa ja palkitsevaa, jotta avoimuus yleistyisi, toteaa Open Data Champions -tunnustuksella palkittu Ari Asmi. Asmille avoimessa datassa on kysymys tutkijantyön ja -uran edistämisen lisäksi tieteen periaatteiden toteutumisesta: avoimuus on tieteen edellytys. Läpinäkyvyys on erityisen tärkeää, kun tutkimukseen kohdistuu poliittista painetta.